Tennis: Murray's mother gives thumbs up to hiring of Mauresmo as coach

British tennis player Andy Murray (left) speaks with his newly-appointed French coach Amelie Mauresmo during a practice session at day four of the Aegon Championships tennis tournament at the Queen's Club in west London, on June 12, 2014. Andy M
British tennis player Andy Murray (left) speaks with his newly-appointed French coach Amelie Mauresmo during a practice session at day four of the Aegon Championships tennis tournament at the Queen's Club in west London, on June 12, 2014. Andy Murray's mother Judy believes his shock decision to hire Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach will prove an inspired move. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Andy Murray's mother Judy believes his shock decision to hire Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach will prove an inspired move.

Wimbledon champion Murray is the only member of the world's top 10 to employ a female coach, with the pair joining forces for the first time at Queen's Club this week.

Mauresmo has only limited coaching experience but Murray has already mentioned how impressed he is with the former world No. 1's calm personality and questioning nature.

And Judy Murray, the British Fed Cup captain, believes her son will receive more emotional support from Mauresmo than predecessor Ivan Lendl.

"Tennis is a sport of immense mental pressure, players at times need a lot of emotional support," she explained in her BT Sport column.

"That's probably why you see the top male players always travelling with their wives and girlfriends.

"Sometimes, it's just easier to open up about feelings to a woman.

"With guys, egos come into play and you don't want to lose face in front of them."